Romania does deal on pig slaughter
Romania will continue to slaughter animals in the
traditional way for Christmas and Easter after coming to an agreement with the
EU, the country's agriculture minister Dacian Ciolos announced.
Pigs and lambs have their throats slit in Romania for Christmas and Easter
celebrations. EU law states that animals must be killed in a way which avoids
unnecessary suffering. Romania will be required to stun the animals first in the
Ciolos said he had persuaded EU officials by mentioning other exemptions for
animal slaughtering in Europe such as Spaniards' killing of bulls in an arena
which he also considers an "infringement of animal welfare rules".
The European Union has banned pork exports from Romania and Bulgaria because
swine fever has been a recurrent problem. Both countries will be allowed to sell
pork to rest of the EU without restrictions as soon as they eradicate the
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